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This article is about the continent in Strangereal. For the conceptual republic, see Republic of Anea.

Anea (アネア Anea)[1] is a major landmass on Earth in the Strangereal universe, it is similar in size to Usea. It is located north of the Verusan continent and to the west of the Osean continent. It is surrounded by the Fuscum Sea to the south, the Arctic Ocean to the northeast, the Ceres Ocean to the southeast, and the Eusian Ocean to the west.[2]

It made its first in-game appearance in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, in the mission Demons of Razgriz.[3] It would later be the main setting for the campaign of Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.[4]

Countries

There are three countries on the continent of Anea. From northwest to southeast:

Geography

The geography of Anea is equally split among mountain ranges, canyons and deserts.

The north and east of the continent, home to the Razgriz Straits and Sonne Island respectively, are known for their glacial landmasses and freezing waters.

The most unique of geographies is found on Khesed Island, where forests, jungles, mountains, plains and plateaus can be found on the one island.

Despite its high latitude it has a wide range of climates and a large population, possibly thanks to warm oceanic currents.

History

Medieval times (1400s)

Main article: Aurelius II

Golden King

A portrait of King Aurelius II

In the 15th century, the region that would come to be known as Gracemeria was rich in highly fertile soil. As a result, countless instances of infighting broke out as many vassals sought control over the land. The series of conflicts caused a collapse of order, and led to a series of foreign invasions.[5]

King Aurelius II—the founder of modern Emmeria—through vying to bring an end to the invasions, ceased all infighting among the vassals. He brought peace to the land and an end to the foreign invasions. Sometime afterward, the kingdom of Emmeria would reform into a republic, with Aurelius at the helm. The capital of the newly formed republic would be moved to Gracemeria.[5]

Ulysses discovery (1994–1998)

Main article: Ulysses 1994XF04

In December 1994, the Ulysses 1994XF04 asteroid was discovered. It was later calculated to enter Earth's Roche limit on July 3, 1999, at which point it would shatter into numerous fragments that would strike the planet.[6] Initially, the estimated range of impact was limited solely to Usea. In response, the Federation of Central Usea (FCU) constructed the Stonehenge railgun network to defend the continent. However, in July 1998, new data acquired by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) indicated that the asteroid had a hollow interior and would split into two large fragments upon entering the atmosphere, bringing Anea into the estimated range of impact. Stonehenge at this point was already too far in development to be modified, leaving Anea defenseless and sparking continent-wide protests against the FCU and IAU.[7]

This left the Anean nations with only a year to prepare for the coming impact. Emmeria evacuated the areas most likely to be struck by the asteroid and constructed numerous underground bunkers around their capital, Gracemeria, capable of carrying up to 200,000 people.[8] Estovakia opted to create their own asteroid interception weapon, Chandelier. However, limited time resulted in the railgun not being completed in time.[9]

By 1999, the Emmeria and Nordennavic were prepared for the arrival of the 1994XF04 Ulysses asteroid. Underground shelters and bunkers were built for the impact, and many citizens of Gracemeria prayed to the Golden King in the Old Quarter of the city.

Ulysses planetfall (1999)

Ulysses Shower

Ulysses planetfall as seen from Gracemeria

In July 1999, the asteroid split into millions of fragments and fell to the Earth, most of Nordennavic and Emmeria remained unscathed. Many of the citizens, including Melissa Herman and her husband, made wishes upon the falling asteroids. In stark contrast, a large portion of the fragments crashed onto Estovakia, killing many citizens and destroying many buildings.[10]

The economy of Estovakia collapsed and Emmeria attempted to provide whatever economic aid they could through the Emmerian-Estovakian Reconstruction Effort.[11]

Sometime following the impacts, members of the Emmerian Ministry of Science and Technology began to show concern regarding Chandelier's potential for war, resulting in multiple nations prohibiting any further development of the weapon.[9]

Republic of Anea Initiative (2004)

Main article: Republic of Anea

In 2004, the Republic of Anea Initiative was proposed and the Preparatory Agency for the Republic of Anea was founded to push the initiative forward. The initiative would've united the entire continent into a single, sovereign nation. The agency went so far as to name Mante the capital of the new republic and world maps were changed to display Anea as a single nation.[11]

Estovakian Civil War (2007–2014)

Main article: Estovakian Civil War

Estovakian Civil War Over

A newspaper detailing the civil war's end

Due to a humanitarian crisis in Gledina, a civil war broke out in Estovakia between five large factions over control of the country. In 2008, efforts to move the Republic of Anea Initiative were halted due to the Estovakian Civil War.[11]

The Eastern Faction ultimately won out, thanks to their Strigon and Vampire teams, and declared a new dictatorship government controlled by The Generals.[10]

Another large faction during the Civil War was the Lyes United Front, who the Eastern Faction believed was receiving aid from Emmeria. They publicly scapegoated Emmeria as the cause of the Civil War, and public dissent of Emmeria grew strong over the following years. By 2014, the Republic of Anea Initiative was dissolved and the three Anean nations reverted to being separate entities.[12]

Circum-Pacific War (2010)

Main articles: Circum-Pacific War, Operation Long Harpoon

Razgriz Straits

The Hrimfaxi in the Razgriz Straits

Likely without the knowledge of any of Anea's countries, Yuktobania deployed the Hrimfaxi in the Razgriz Straits to fire long-range burst missiles at invading Osean troops during the Circum-Pacific War. Wardog Squadron was deployed to the Straits to destroy the submarine; their victory earned them the title "Demons of Razgriz".[3]

Emmeria-Estovakia War (2015–2016)

Main article: Emmeria-Estovakia War

The largest conflict in known Anean history was the Emmeria-Estovakia War which began in 2015 and lasted until 2016. Following the Eastern Faction's propaganda against Emmeria and their supposed aid of the Lyes United Front, Estovakia declared war on the country and invaded simultaneously. Emmerian forces were pushed back due to the use of the P-1112 Aigaion, an Aigaion-class heavy command cruiser built during the Estovakian Civil War.[12]

Anea Map September 2015

An Emmerian report on Estovaka's invasion

Over the course of months, Emmerian forces would fight the Estovakians and gain their land back little by little. After some time, the Emmerian Air Force would go up against the entirety of Estovakia's aerial fleet, comprised of the Aigaion and supported by two P-1113 Kottos and two P-1114 Gyges. Talisman, flight lead of Garuda Team, would end up dealing the killing blow on the Aigaion.[13]

As Emmerian forces continued to advance, Estovakia threatened the use of chemical weapons in Gracemeria to kill all of its citizens and likely cause the land to become uninhabitable. Emmeria ordered a cease-fire while they would figure out what to do, but Shamrock of Garuda Team was furious about the order and instead engaged the elite Strigon Team that had arrived to backup their troops at the Moloch Desert.[14] Garuda Team was temporarily suspended from combat, but eventually brought back to deal with the chemical weapon threat; they performed a surprise attack on the Estovakian forces holding the chemicals, and destroyed all of the weapons.[15]

With the chemical weapon threat gone, Emmerian forces returned to Gracemeria and liberated the city from the Estovakians. Ilya Pasternak arrived in the airspace with a CFA-44 Nosferatu and attempted to shoot down Garuda Team, but Talisman shot him down and the liberation of Gracemeria was declared victorious.[16]

Chandelier Battle

The onset of the battle of Sonne Island

That night, however, Estovakia utilized the Chandelier railgun and attacked the city with cruise missiles. The Emmerian Air Force defended the city, and then performed an attack operation the next day to destroy Chandelier.[17] After an extended battle, Talisman destroyed the railgun's core, and the entire structure collapsed.[9]

In May 2016, a cease-fire agreement was signed between Emmeria and Estovakia, officially bringing an end to the Emmeria-Estovakia War and re-establishing peaceful relations between the two countries.[18]

Gallery

Trivia

  • Many islands around the continent and mainly ones to the east of Estovakia, including Norte Island, have seemed to have changed shape since the events of Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War to the events of Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. This is most likely a map inconsistency.
  • The two islands north of Emmeria resemble the Severny and Yuzhny Islands located north of Russia.

References

  1. もっと詳しく ACE6 -- 戦闘エリア紹介. Retrieved on 27 February 2018.
  2. File:Strangereal Map.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 Demons of Razgriz, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  4. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  5. 5.0 5.1 GAZE: Last Christmas.
  6. "President Makes Announcement To Ambassadors And Their Respective Nations", Usea Today: Asteroid on Collision Course With Earth!. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  7. "Wider Damage Range than Estimated", GAZE: Last Christmas. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  8. "A Shelterized Castle", GAZE: Last Christmas. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Chandelier, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #02: Realization.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Emmerian Chronicle
  12. 12.0 12.1
  13. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, Heavy Command Cruiser
  14. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, The Moloch Desert
  15. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, Weapons of Mass Destruction
  16. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, The Liberation of Gracemeria
  17. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, Gracemeria Patrol
  18. Cutscene 17, "A Brand New Day", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.